Tansen lies 4595 ft above sea level on the south side of the Mahabharat range, just off the Siddharta Highway from Pokhara to the Indian frontier (Bhairawa). The blend of a pleasant climate, mountains and get away from the tourist horde make Tansen and its environs a charming area for trekking. The township is a good foot for shorter treks such as the itinerary from Pokhara to Tansen via Dhorpatan or along the Kali Gandaki from Beni. Tansen is a gorgeous place in its own right, with twisting alleys and some beautiful traditional edifices. Folk come in from the mountain villages to hoard up with supplies, adding even more hues to the lively bazaar. Equally typical are the elongated, thickly decorative dhaka clothes and the characteristic metalwork.